Job offer withdrawn

Hi, my brother got a conditional job offer about 4 weeks ago, subject to dbs, references and OH. Everything came back ok and he was asked to attend the office for an induction a week ago. He turned up and announced his arrival to reception and who he was there to see, the person went away and came back and told him sorry but they did not know anything about it and he had to leave. When he asked for further info, the guy said I don't know he just told me to get rid of you as he knows nothing about it. He returned home and sent an email off to the recruiter who had arranged it. He then got another email back confirming another date for induction. However he has today received an email withdrawing his job offer due to 'internal checks'? Now several years ago his daughter worked for the same company and there was some sort of issue (I don't know what) however he believes that he may have been discriminated against due to whatever happened to his daughter. Obviously we don't know for certain but any suggestions of what if anything he can do to find out what's happened and why?

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  • Marcon
    Marcon Posts: 10,594 Forumite
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    JVRMac said:
    Hi, my brother got a conditional job offer about 4 weeks ago, subject to dbs, references and OH. Everything came back ok and he was asked to attend the office for an induction a week ago. He turned up and announced his arrival to reception and who he was there to see, the person went away and came back and told him sorry but they did not know anything about it and he had to leave. When he asked for further info, the guy said I don't know he just told me to get rid of you as he knows nothing about it. He returned home and sent an email off to the recruiter who had arranged it. He then got another email back confirming another date for induction. However he has today received an email withdrawing his job offer due to 'internal checks'? Now several years ago his daughter worked for the same company and there was some sort of issue (I don't know what) however he believes that he may have been discriminated against due to whatever happened to his daughter. Obviously we don't know for certain but any suggestions of what if anything he can do to find out what's happened and why?
    That's not a protected characteristic, so nothing to gain by pursuing the point.

    He's clearly been treated very badly - it must have been deeply humiliating and upsetting. Absolutely no harm in asking the recruiter to try and establish what happened, but it's unlikely he will ever find out the truth. The potential employer certainly isn't going to give out information about a third party, even if it is his daughter, for the usual data protection/breach of confidentiality reasons.
    Googling on your question might have been both quicker and easier, if you're only after simple facts rather than opinions!  
  • elsien
    elsien Posts: 32,672 Forumite
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    I think it’s pretty unlikely that an incident with his  daughter some years ago would impact on him. Even if anyone remembered, how would they know they are related?

    Sounds more like a !!!!!! up with one arm not knowing what the other arm is doing more than anything else. 
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
  • DullGreyGuy
    DullGreyGuy Posts: 10,264 Forumite
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    elsien said:
    I think it’s pretty unlikely that an incident with his  daughter some years ago would impact on him. Even if anyone remembered, how would they know they are related?

    Sounds more like a !!!!!! up with one arm not knowing what the other arm is doing more than anything else. 
    Depends on the surname to some degree... if its a "smith" then clearly no one is going to add two and two together but if they were Slorah or Boggis then someone may spot there is already another one in the company or maybe the OP mentioned it in the interview that his daughter works there.

    The failed checks can be a wide range of other things these days... increasingly social media posts are checked to ensure they are not against corporate standards etc etc, informal references can be taken 
  • Mr.Generous
    Mr.Generous Posts: 3,365 Forumite
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    It doesn't sound like a company you'd want to work for. Move on.
  • Grumpy_chap
    Grumpy_chap Posts: 14,861 Forumite
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    JVRMac said:
    Now several years ago his daughter worked for the same company and there was some sort of issue (I don't know what) 
    How many years ago is "several"?
    What was the nature of the issue involving the daughter?
    Did the OP get involved in that issue with the employer?  (I am thinking of young daughter in first job, issue, parent contacts employer directly?
    Is the issue with the daughter one that would plausibly taint the whole family?
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